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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work

Read "All Can Work" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A un decennio circa dalle incisioni di A Blessing ed Eternal Interlude, il Large Ensemble di John Hollenbeck torna alla New Amsterdam Records per un album ricco di coinvolgenti percorsi. Nei vari brani il batterista/orchestratore ricorda il trombettista Laurie Frink, rilegge uno dei classici ellingtoniani dalla Far East Suite e un tema dei Kraftwerk, omaggia John Taylor e Kenny Wheeler orchestrando ”This Kiss”, s'ispira a Mondrian, integra in una composizione le riflessioni dell'attore Cary Grant sulla sua psicoterapia con l'LSD. ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by John Kelman

One clear benefit of the global community we live in, with its inherently broad reach, is that many artists have developed into stylistic integrators. On a smaller scale, even people who live within the boundaries of the United States can experience greater artistic diversity than ever before. Only a century ago, people living in small rural towns would have no way of knowing what kind of music was developing in larger urban centres; now, with the broad reach of the ...

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening title tune on the John Hollenbeck Larger Ensemble's A Blessing brings Maria Schneider's masterpiece Concert in the Garden to mind, with its fluid momentum and swirling harmonies. The sixteen-minute song, as well as the rest of the tunes on the disc, are Hollenbeck originals; and while the Schneider influence is apparent--both Schneider and Hollenbeck bear the imprint of Bob Brookmeyer--a good deal of originality and idiosyncratic daring comes into play on A Blessing.Drummer/composer Hollenbeck makes remarkable ...

Album Review

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: A Blessing

Read "A Blessing" reviewed by Paul Olson

Jazz and contemporary composition, playfulness and prayer, intensity and sweetness: in the musical world of composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck and on the brand new CD by his Large Ensemble, A Blessing, all these elements mingle. Fans of Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet or any of his other groups (Quartet Lucy, Bleckmann/Hollenbeck Duo) will be prepared for just how well those ingredients mix, but newcomers to his work may be in for a pleasant surprise. This is ambitious, modern big band music, brilliantly arranged ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

All Can Work

New Amsterdam Records


A Blessing



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